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Editors’ Notes

Texan garage punkster Mark Ryan (of The Marked Men and High Tension Wires) released a greasy, rip-roarin’ debut as Mind Spiders in 2011. When it came time to tour, he wisely went big. Bringing not only a bass player, another guitarist, and a keyboardist on board, Ryan also lured two drummers into the lineup, creating a high-voltage powerhouse. Comparisons to the late Jay Reatard are unavoidable, but that should only please Ryan. Meltdown is like that basement party you missed but will forever hear about: the one that went feral at some point and only returned to something more civilized due to a mysterious law of physics. Tracks like the breakneck-paced “Play You Out” and “You Are Dead” are accented with vintage, punky organ riffs (the latter) or dangerously crusty guitars (the former) while tethered to a ridiculously visceral bottom end, with the double drum tracks tugging at your rhythm parts. The krautrock churn of “More Than You,” the art-school post-punk of “Skull Eyed,” and the power pop-plus of “On the Radio” help keep this collection from . . . well, from melting down. Solid.

Customer Reviews

More Excellent Stuff From Ryan

Who has been making punk music as long as Jay Reatard has, so before you spout your opinions about "rip offs" and "hacks," you should know that.

Punk is known for vast, varying styles, and sharing a vocal style isn't akin to imitation.

It's a widely held opinion that The Marked Men were one of the best punk bands of the decade, and this guy was one of the lead singers/songwriters.

I think it's lucky to have someone making music that's similar to Jay's---I love him too---since the Reatard died and all.


Formed: 2010 in Denton, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Mind Spiders' revved-up garage-punk-pop is the brainchild of Mark Ryan, formerly of Denton, Texas punks Marked Men. When that band went on hiatus, Ryan began working on some songs of his own, including a solo project called the Crying Jags. Initially, Ryan planned for Mind Spiders to be a studio-only project. However, after releasing his debut 7" on Marked Men's former label Dirtnap in late 2010, he recruited a touring band that featured members of fellow Denton bands and labelmates such as High...
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